Ground Travel

Environmental Indicators

Ground travel represents motorized transportation within Fort Collins city limits. Ground transportation emissions account for 25% of the community’s carbon inventory. These emissions occur when vehicles burn gasoline and diesel, both fossil fuels. As alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric vehicles, replace traditional vehicles, these emissions will decline, helping the community reach its climate action goals.

Ground Travel Emissions

Ground Travel Measures

The following measures are categorized as direct or indirect. Direct measures track data used to calculate carbon emissions. Indirect measures show community trends that may impact carbon emissions but are not directly tied to carbon calculations. Some measures are not evaluated against a target and are simply informational. This is indicated when the status bar is gray instead of green, yellow, or red.

Measures

Actual

Target

Results

Direct Measures
Vehicle Miles Traveled (miles/year)
Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) is one indicator used to calculate carbon emissions from ground travel – 24% of community emissions in 2017. As long as the majority of vehicles on the road run on fossil fuels, this measure will track overall vehicle emissions trends. VMT is predicted to continue increasing as the Fort Collins population grows. Growth in VMT can be negative for emissions or neutral depending on vehicle type. VMT data is modeled by the Northern Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO).
1,155,964,895N/A2017
Indirect Measures
Cumulative Bus Rides (in thousands)
This measure tracks the total number of bus rides (also known as passenger boardings) on Transfort, Fort Collins’ public transportation service. Increased bus ridership may mean that people are leaving their cars at home, helping reduce emissions. The target for this metric is to see a 5% increase in fixed route ridership over the previous year. The graph shows bus rides each quarter in thousands. Data is supplied by Transfort.
3,2423,257Q3 2018
Percent of People Commuting by Transportation Type
This metric estimates the percentage of people who commute (to work or school) by a particular type of transportation such as car, bike, by foot, etc. Data comes out once per year from the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census.
7.99%N/A2017
City-wide sidewalk network (square feet)
This is a measure of the number of sidewalks constructed or repaired to improve pedestrian connectivity citywide to eliminate hazards and remove obstacles. An increase in sidewalk square footage is a positive trend. With current funding levels, the City aims to complete about 45 projects a year or about five miles of additional sidewalks. Data is provided by the City of Fort Collins.
17,21017,000Q3 2018
Percent Arterial Bike Network Crossings Completed
This measures arterial bike crossing improvements implemented since the adoption of the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. Arterial bike crossings are areas where a bicycle route crosses a major street. Crossing at such intersections can be uncomfortable and a barrier to bicycle travel. Improvements include things like widened ramps and waiting areas, overhead signals, pavement markings and signage to guide bicyclists. Improving bike crossings helps people bike safely, encouraging more ridership thus indirectly decreasing emissions. An increase in bike crossing improvements is a positive trend. Data is supplied by the City of Fort Collins.
2120Q3 2018

Ground Travel Initiatives

Initiatives are projects, programs, and positions that the Fort Collins City Council has funded through its budgeting process. Those shown here have a direct impact on ground travel emissions.
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Initiative

Status

Transit System Expansion

This initiative aims to provide a transit network that supports the City's existing and planned land use pattern and allows transit to be a viable community transportation option.  In order to meet GHG reduction targets, Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) must be reduced.  This initiative shifts trips that would otherwise be taken by cars so that they are taken by transit.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Expand Congestion Management System

 Congestion management includes measures such as intersection capacity improvements, turn lanes, and signal timing changes that improve the flow of traffic and reduce idling and GHG emissions. 

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018
Sep-18

Improve Pedestrian Network

This initiative aims to improve pedestrian improvements city wide to eliminate hazards and remove obstacles along with improvements directly related to school zones and Transfort stops. This includes the development and implementation of an FC Walks program.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Bicycle Network and Ridership Improvements

This initiative aims to improve conditions for bicycling and increase bicycling as a mode of transportation.  In order to meet GHG reduction targets, Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) must be reduced.  This initiative shifts trips that would otherwise be taken by cars so that they are taken by bicycle.  

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap

To create a strategic plan for the community & City government to advance electric vehicle (EV) use in Fort Collins. Deployment of EV's is a major component of the 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework, with an objective of increasing EV adoption in Fort Collins between 2015 and 2030. This initiative is focused on reducing the carbon emissions and resulting local air quality impacts of vehicles used in the community.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Land Use Patterns

This initiative includes development of a new City Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Transit Operating Plan that will integrate land use and transportation, identify and address critical community issues, maintain Fort Collins’ high quality of life, and prepare for the expected build-out of the Fort Collins Growth Management Area over the next 15-20 years. This planning effort will identify the land use patterns, transportation networks and systems, and actions necessary to achieve the City’s ambitious GHG reduction targets.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Travel Behavior Survey

This initiative includes the development of an annual community-wide travel behavior survey program that collects comprehensive and accurate data on resident and employee multimodal travel. Establishing this program will help the City know if transportation projects and programs are having the desired impacts and will support data analysis of key transportation indicators such as Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), which is a critical input for greenhouse gas calculations. The data will provide a more comprehensive way of tracking mode shift, which the City uses in reporting metrics.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Trip Reduction Program

This initiative implements travel demand management strategies to reduce VMT.  Reducing demand on roads and parking infrastructure is a proven strategy for reducing congestion.  Trip reduction strategies apply a number of approaches involving coordination across departments including

  • Parking management strategies
  • Improved access to and coordination of transportation options like biking, walking, transit, and ride share
  • Incentive programming for telework and flex schedules
  • Technology applications including programming for mobile devices and intelligent transportation systems

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018
Sep-18

Municipal Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station

This offer provides the opportunity to construct a compressed Natural Gas (CNG) facility for City vehicles and also as a redundant system for Transfort buses. For the past two years, the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County have been working with a private company to construct a CNG site located in north Fort Collins. To date, this site has not been approved and no station has been constructed. The City has received several grants to purchase alternative fueled vehicles and, if this site is delayed any longer, we risk having vehicles that can't be fueled. We anticipate a partnership with other government agencies to build this site. It is also important to note that if another site is not constructed, and we have a catastrophic failure at the Transfort site, our fleet of buses has no good way of getting fuel.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18